Midwestern retailer Meijer has signed a virtual power purchase agreement to buy renewable energy from a utility-scale solar project in Texas.
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will provide a portion of the energy generated by the Pisgah Ridge Solar farm in Navarro County for the first 15 years of operation, once it is completed by the end of the year.
It will generate around 200,000MWh of electricity every year dedicated to Meijer, helping reduce more than 103,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from the retailer’s operations.
That’s equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from more than 20,000 vehicles on the road.
The VPPA supports Meijer’s goal of reducing 50% of its absolute carbon emissions by 2025.
Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said: “At Meijer, we are motivated to make an impact in the local communities we serve and beyond by doing our part and taking the necessary steps to reduce carbon emissions.
“Meijer has made significant progress over the years to integrate sustainability into our daily operations. We’re committed to these ongoing efforts and a project like this brings us closer to our industry leading sustainability goals.”